The latest edition of AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is over and, as always, it was an excellent gathering of people and machinery, though also, unfortunately, wet. Saturday, the day I was there, began overcast, then threatened rain most of the day before turning into a downpour in the afternoon. Bikes were out in force but, my eyeball estimation is that attendance and bikes were down from their usual levels. Coupled with that, when I turned on my camera, the rechargeable batteries, I had charged the night before, were completely dead. However, as an excellent example of the type of folks you find at Vintage Days, Carl, from Michigan, saved the day with some batteries to get me going again. Thank You Carl!
In past years I’ve tried to focus on certain bikes to show you who and what was there, but it becomes more difficult each year. It’s hard to give you an impression of the numbers and variety of bikes by showing only a few.
For instance, the Ohio chapter of the Honda CBX club was there with a tent full of perfect bikes in both stock and highly modified form.
Many Honda CB 750s, all great, from perfect sandcast originals to modified cafe racers and everything in between.
Matthew Biberman was there with the Vincati. It looks like the engine belongs there and unless you know something about bikes, it would look like any of the other fine vintage rides on display, except, this bike and engine were never intended to mate.
If your idea of a cafe racer is something a bit older and less common, how about a Velocette?
A very nice example of the Craig Vetter designed Triumph Hurricane.
Of course, without the batteries from Carl, seen here on the far right, none of these photos would have been possible. Thanks again, Carl! I truly appreciate it.